Child Development

As sure as prehistoric fish grew legs
and sauntered off the beaches into forests
working up some irregular verbs for their
first conversation, so three-year-old children

by Billy Collins Click to read full poem

Comments about Child Development

worldnotworld 07 Jan 2018 08:42
What is this idiocy of having a robot read the poem in a video depicting a cloudy sky and a tiny fragment of some ugly apartment complex? It's one thing to find good poem in an ugly place; it's another to create an ugly place for a good poem.
Sylvia Frances Chan 16 Dec 2017 04:53
A very impressing poem, I have enjoyed this very interesting poem, such a pleasant treat. A TEN and much more for the Voting. CONGRATULATIONS for The Poem of The Day, Billy!
Subhas Chandra Chakra 16 Dec 2017 09:46
The mature save their hothead invective for things: an errant hammer, tire chains, or receding trains missed by seconds, though they know in their adult hearts, Lovely, humorous and enjoyable. Thanks for the poem and congrats for your poem being picked. Subhas
Michael Morgan 16 Dec 2017 09:06
who you callin' a fatuous Enlightment hack? S. Johnson.
Glen Kappy 16 Dec 2017 08:09
I’ve read this one before, but that didn’t stop me from smiling. There’s much to like in this poem, but I’ll just briefly say that Collins was deservedly one of America’s Poet Laureates. -GK
Edward Kofi Louis 16 Dec 2017 03:04
Their fellow squirts! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 16 Dec 2017 03:02
Children are supposed to be as happy and full of frolic and play as all living beings in the spring-time of life ought to be.......Very informative and edifying indeed told amusingly.........thanks for sharing
Bernard F. Asuncion 16 Dec 2017 02:23
Such an interesting write by Billy Collins👍👍👍
Rr P 15 Nov 2016 02:29
A well written Cacophony (poetic device)
Susan Williams 19 Dec 2015 10:48
Oh, yes! Let's hear the truth, Billy Collins, in your way and humorous tone! I tire of all those angelic children lisping sweet words
Raymond Farrell 25 Oct 2015 06:08
Pretty well on the money and light-hearted too.
A Reynolds 17 Oct 2014 02:25
Truest poem I've ever read.
Darkangel Flyfree 06 Nov 2011 09:36
this poem is one of those precious poems ever to every living soul if ever understand the poems words and real intention! ! ! !
Behroz Rabady 16 Jul 2009 10:22
Hey I thoroughly enjoyed it......it was hilarious! ! ! and sooooooo true.
Trevor Boley 23 Apr 2008 03:32
Billy Collins is a degenerate Robert Frost. A man who slaps his knee at the end of the poem and points at the crowd like he recreated poetry.
Jenny Hijioka 13 Nov 2006 12:21
This poem is cute... I know how little kids name call and I can picture a lot of little kids saying these things. I work with kids 5 1/2 months- 15 years old at a health club daycare.